Donald Trump couldn’t get any pettier if he tried.
On New Year’s Eve, the president-elect took the time out for his most favorite activity — tweet. At a time when most people resolve to start afresh and let bygone be bygones, Trump proved that he will never change by his New Year’s tweet:
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016
Although the tweet did not mention any name, given what he wrote about his “many enemies” who “lost so badly,” we can take a few guesses about whom he was referring to.
He could have been talking about his former Republican rivals, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, whom he bested during the presidential campaign. He also could have been talking about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who he wanted to see in jail but relented later on. However, if he is referring to her, his definition of people who “lost so badly” is very off, because Clinton had nearly 3 million voters over him. And that should make him the loser.
The tweet also garnered him a lot of ridicule from Twitter users.
@realDonaldTrump So let me see if I understand this tweet. Those that voted against you are your enemies. Is that right?— ?Priscilla Lish ? (@plish516) December 31, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Well Mr. Trump. I did not vote for you. But let me clarify that I am not your enemy. I am your employer. You work for me.— ?Priscilla Lish ? (@plish516) December 31, 2016
@realDonaldTrump "We the People" those that voted for you and those that didn't will hold you accountable for everything you do.— ?Priscilla Lish ? (@plish516) December 31, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Everything you say. Everything you tweet as long as you hold the office of the presidency will be scrutinized. Get it?— ?Priscilla Lish ? (@plish516) December 31, 2016
@realDonaldTrump You don't run the U.S.A. We the People run you, so make no mistake. We are watching and we will hold you accountable.— ?Priscilla Lish ? (@plish516) December 31, 2016
In contrast, President Barack Obama sent out a seven-part New Year message to look back on how much America has accomplished during his presidency. The difference between the president’s and president-elect’s tweet couldn’t be more startling.
As we look ahead to the future, I wanted to take a moment to look back on the remarkable progress that you made possible these past 8 years.— President Obama (@POTUS) January 1, 2017
Facing the worst financial crisis in 80 years, you delivered the longest streak of job growth in our history. pic.twitter.com/Vk3PfRgZqF— President Obama (@POTUS) January 1, 2017
After decades of rising health care costs, today nearly every American now has access to the financial security of affordable health care. pic.twitter.com/5e4nEcCxIM— President Obama (@POTUS) January 1, 2017
We traded foreign oil for clean energy, we doubled fuel efficiency standards, & we acted on a global scale to save the one planet we've got. pic.twitter.com/7alrOtHNIr— President Obama (@POTUS) January 1, 2017
We brought home more of our troops & strengthened U.S. leadership—leading with diplomacy & partnering with nations to meet global problems.— President Obama (@POTUS) January 1, 2017
From realizing marriage equality to removing barriers to opportunity, we've made history in our work to reaffirm that all are created equal.— President Obama (@POTUS) January 1, 2017
It’s been the privilege of my life to serve as your President. I look forward to standing with you as a citizen. Happy New Year everybody.— President Obama (@POTUS) January 1, 2017
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